Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the House that her government expects Myanmar to find a solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.
While responding to a question from Selina Jahan Lite (Women’s Seat-1) during PM’s question-answer session in parliament, she also said her government is committed to taking steps for sending back the forcibly displaced Myanmar citizens to their homeland safely and respectfully.
“The Rohingya crisis started in Myanmar. So, Myanmar has to find a solution. To this end, we are committed to taking steps to send back the forcibly displaced Myanmar citizens to their homeland,” she said.
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“The home minister [Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal] has already visited Myanmar while the foreign minister [AH Mahmood Ali, attending ASEM conference] is there now. He will discuss this issue [with Myanmar authorities],” she said.
Hasina said some 624,000 Rohingya refuge-seekers have entered Bangladesh as of October 28 amid persecution by Myanmar military since August 25.
“Besides, some 400,000 Rohingya people have long been staying in Bangladesh, raising their total number to more than 10 lakh [1 million].”
The PM also notified the House about biometric registration of the Rohingya refugees, which kicked off on September 11.
The registration work is going on in 96 workstations of seven centres of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas in Cox’s Bazar.
Hasina said registration of 599,460 Rohingyas has been completed as of November 20. The Department of Passport, Army, Border Guard Bangladesh and Ansar are engaged in the registration process.
“Each day, 11,000 Rohingya refugees are being registered and the process will be completed by December 12,” she said.